What The Freakanese

April 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

What what [in the butt]?!?

New casting puts Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel in as Prince Zuko in The Last Airbender.

Social implications aside, okay, yay, they cast an Asian in a leading role, but they really could’ve tried a little harder to find someone who resembles the character. Oh wait, they don’t care! This movie is a lost cause. The dude playing Sokka is pretty cute though, to be honest. What are they all going to look like with weird anime hair? Dammit, now I’m curious.

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Discrimination Has A Face

April 10, 2009 § 2 Comments

Our AAA president sent us a link to an article this morning about a state representative from Texas, Betty Brown:

A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.” […]

Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko [a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans]: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

What the freak?!

Asians and Asian-Americans [as well as people of other nationalities] have been changing their names for generations. My legal name was finally changed from 晓京 [Xiao Jing] to Laura during high school, though I had been using my English name since kindergarten. But that was a personal decision [made by my parents, I guess]; it is completely out of line to suggest legislation that would require this type of thing.

Gross. Here is the video of how it went down:

What’s sad is that as usual when dealing with racially insensitive remarks towards Asian-Americans, the perpetrator denies any wrongdoing. What will it take to change people in this country?

Other Side Of The World

April 6, 2009 § 1 Comment

I’ve come to realize that Korean music is pretty awesome. It started with Jung Hyun Lee, who my cousin in China loved [she would copy her pinky-finger-point while singing & dancing during karaoke], and then I started listening to Loveholic, Wonder Girls, BoA, DBSK, and others. My favorite has to be Tae Yang, though, due to sheer sex appeal. The boy is fiiiiine [and he’s in my age range!]:

Tae Yang1

When I first saw the music video for Prayer on ONTD last year, I dismissed him as some random Asian dude. I don’t remember how exactly I rediscovered him, but I am immensely glad to have done so.

His song 죄인 [translated as either Prisoner or Sinner…it’d be helpful I could read Korean] has always been a favorite of mine, but I didn’t think to look up the English translation until recently. I originally mistook it for a love song, but boy was I wrong. In fact, the lyrics resonate with me much more than I thought:

Now if only China could manufacture some quality dance music [I’m open to suggestions!], I’d be set.

Excellence and Complacency

April 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

Right before spring break, AAA held its elections for executive officer positions. I was excited since my friends were running against one another, and I was eager to see what their speeches would be like. I thought about arriving just a tad late to the meeting [it did start an hour earlier than usual, after all] but decided not to. It would be rude to get there late for no real reason, and I would only be perpetuating the negative stereotype that so many of my friends already buy into [rant about that later].

When I arrived at precisely 6PM, only about 20 other people were there. By the time 6:30 rolled around, another 15 or so people had shown up. The number of people hovered at around 35 for the entire night as people left early and others straggled in late. This was an unexpected problem because the AAA constitution decreed that a majority [2/3rds?] of the active members had to be present in order for elections to occur, which meant over 50 out of 80-something.

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